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The Democratic Plank on the Middle East: Politics or Peace?


Published 2004


The 2004 Democratic Party Platform was voted on and approved at the Democratic Convention in Boston. Several state Democratic conventions produced more balanced Middle East planks that in the meantime were rejected, culminating in a 2004 platform designed to win the election rather than foster a peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

In this hearing, the process of drafting the Democratic Platform was explored, with particular attention paid to ideas and amendments that were overridden. Balanced ideas on the Middle East, which could have set the stage for stronger peace initiatives, fell victim to the American political process. What happened to these balanced platform planks? What could the Democrats have done differently? Have the Democrats unnecessarily sacrificed peace for politics?

The program is in RealVideo and is divided by speaker:

* James Mullins (12:12 min), District 7 National Delegate, Washington State Democratic Party
* Ed McCarthy (9:30 min), Cofounder, Maine Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine
* Bart Dame (9:42 min), Co-chair, Hawaii for Kucinich and Pledged District 1 Delegate, Hawaii Democratic Party
* Charles Lenchner (9:45 min), Former National Movements Organizer, Dennis Kucinich campaign
* Raeed Tayeh (8:27 min), Communications Director, American Muslims for Jerusalem
* E. Faye Williams (6:01 min), Former candidate for Congress from Louisiana

Recorded on July 21, 2004, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.


Run time 56 mins
Producer Eugene Bird
Production Company A L C H Y M E D I A
Sponsor Council for the National Interest
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information Council for the National Interest / 1250 4th St SW, Ste WG-1 / Washington, DC 20024 / 202-863-2951 / inform@cnionline.org / <a href="www.cnionline.org">www.cnionline.org</a> / <a href="www.rescuemideastpolicy.com">www.rescuemideastpolicy.com</a>

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